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EDEN DOCTORAL SEMINAR ON TOP MANAGEMENT TEAMS, BUSINESS STRATEGY AND ORGANIZATION


BRUSSELS, AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
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PROGRAMME COORDINATOR & FACULTY

Prof. Christophe Boone, University of Antwerp
Dr. Tine Buyl, University of Antwerp
Prof. Alessandro Minichilli, Bocconi University
Prof. Sabina Nielsen, Copenhagen Business School
Dr. Evila Piva, Politecnico di Milano School of Management
Dr. Cristina Rossi-Lamastra, Politecnico di Milano School of Management (Programme Coordinator)
Prof. Sibel Yamak, Galatasaray University

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE

Top management teams (TMTs) are crucial in determining the strategic directions of firms. Since the seminal work of Hambrick and Mason (1984), a substantial body of research has explored how TMT demographic and psychological characteristics affect the strategic choices they make. Other studies have focused on related issues, such as the relationships between TMTs and Board of Directors, executive succession, or the application of the theories on TMTs in specific types of organizations like family firms, new ventures. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of state-of-the-art research on TMTs and business strategy and stimulate discussions about future research directions and potential contributions to the field.

Building on theories from a wide range of disciplines (management, psychology, sociology, neuroscience, etc.), the course will offer insights into the antecedents and consequences of TMTs’ composition and dynamics. The topics will range from traditional research on TMT compositions’ to more recent insights into TMT-CEO interactions, behavioral micro-processes, organizational design, etc. In addition, we will provide an overview of emerging research themes such as TMTs in family firms and entrepreneurial teams as well as TMTs operating in a global/international context. In examining these topics, we will also discuss issues of research design, data collection and analysis with particular emphasis on novel empirical approaches.

The aim of the course is to provide doctoral students with a good understanding of the field and equip them with theoretical insights and empirical guidance that can help develop outstanding research project on TMT-related issues.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The learning objectives are:

  • Understand the current theoretical debates on TMTs and business strategy
  • Being able to identify future research directions and develop research questions that constitute a contribution to the field
  • Mastering the research methodologies most frequently used in studies on TMTs’
  • Being able to successfully set up a research design, including data collection, and analysis, for research questions related to TMTs

PROGRAMME

Preliminary Programme

Day 1: Introduction (Instructors: Christophe Boone and Tine Buyl)

  • Why and how do top executives matter? The origins of Upper Echelons research
  • CEOs, TMTs, and managerial discretion
  • The antecedents and consequences of TMT composition

Day 2: TMT internal contingencies and dynamics (Instructors: Tine Buyl and Christophe Boone)

  • TMT processes: decision-making, behavioural integration, conflict, etc.
  • TMT dynamics: CEO turnover and succession, executives’ entry and exit
  • Leadership and the TMT- CEO interface

Day 3: TMT external contingencies (Instructors: Sabina Nielsen and Sibel Yamak)

  • TMT-board relations
  • TMTs and the external environment: the influence of environmental stability, complexity and uncertainty
  • TMTs and the institutional context
  • TMTs in an international context

Day 4: TMT organizational design (Instructors: Cristina Rossi-Lamastra and Evila Piva)

  • Organizational design issues in TMT research. Antecedents and performance implications of task specialization, delegation of decision authority, adoption of managerial practices in CEO-TMT relations
  • Upper echelons in new ventures and entrepreneurial teams
  • Experimental methods for studying TMTs: are they feasible?

Day 5: Special topics (Instructor: Alessandro Minichilli)

  • Upper echelons in family firms
  • Ties, networks, and social capital in TMTs
  • Design of empirical studies on TMTs

TARGET AUDIENCE

PhD students and junior faculty with research interests in TMTs, whatever their research field (e.g., business strategy, organization behaviour, organization theory and design, entrepreneurship).

EVALUATION

Full attendance is required to obtain the certificate

4 ECTS will be assigned upon completion of the seminar

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested students should register online (and submit the required documents) no later than June 22, 2015. The number of participants will be limited to create a stimulating learning environment.

The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the Institute’s Faculty and will be based on:

  • The applicant’s CV;
  • A letter of recommendation from a senior faculty member (e.g., the PhD supervisor);
  • A two-page description of the applicant research project (e.g., an outline of her PhD research project)

FEES & SCHOLARSHIPS

PARTICIPATION FEE
The participation fee is 1100 € (VAT Excluded). This fee includes participation to the seminar, the documents, lunches and a dinner.

Cancellations made before August 7, 2015 will be reimbursed with 10% deduction of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after this date.

EIASM SCHOLARSHIPS
The Institute offers a substantial reduction of the participation fee per member institution. These scholarships are strictly limited to students coming from an EIASM Institutional Member (the Academic Council). Allocation of the scholarships is entirely at the discretion of the European Institute.

PRACTICALITIES

TIME AND LOCATION
The seminar will be held at the EIASM, Brussels, Belgium
Hotel Metropole
Place de Brouckère 31
1000 Brussels
Belgium

The programme will start on August 31, 2015 at 09.00 hr. and is scheduled to end September 4, 2015 at approx. 16.00 hr.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

A list of receommended hotels will be posted soon.

Students are requested to make their own hotel reservation.

ONLINE APPLICATION

TO APPLY CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Nina Payen
EDEN Manager, EIASM -  PASSAGE DU NORD - 19 - 1000 BRUSSELS - BELGIUM
Tel: +32 2 226 66 61 - Fax: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: payen@eiasm.be